The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Daily
First Name:
Louis Joseph
Nick Name:
Lou
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8778
Company:
‘B’ Company, No. 8 Platoon.
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
Discharged:
13.08.1946
DOB:
31.01.1911
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Aloysius Farquhar Daily
Mothers's Name:
Agnes Josephine Daily
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Shop Assistant and Fetter’s Labourer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Chungkai, Tamuang
Camps Japan:
Yamane, Niihama (No 4 Party, wharf)
POW#:
8767
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Wakayama‐Okinawa, USS Sanctuary, Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch

General Description

Leo Walsh & Lou Daily
Leo Walsh & Lou Daily

 

Lou commenced his senior football career with Subiaco in 1931. He was a much travelled footballer during his career playing for Collingwood in 1933 and Geelong in 1934 before returning to Subiaco in 1935.

In 1935, ‘36 and ‘37 he won Subiaco’s Fairest and Best award. In 1935 he was the Sandover medallist.

In 1938 Daily made the decision to leave Subiaco and went to Kalgoorlie to captain/coach.    Whilst in Kalgoorlie he continued to play excellent football winning his club’s Fairest and Best in 1939. He also captained a winning Goldfields team against South Australia.

 Lou’s football career was short,  however he was considered to be one of the finest players of his generation. He was 6’1” tall, known for his strength in he air, superb kicking and his skill of reading the game.

In October 1940 whilst at Kalgoorlie, Lou enlisted.

In February 1941 it was reported in the local Kalgoorlie newspaper that Daily was on leave along with two other 2/4th men, Jack Sanderson and Leo Walsh, the three mates were in “B” Company.

Neither Sanderson or Walsh survived. Sanderson died 18th July 1943 of beri beri and dysentery at Tarsau having been evacuated from Kanu I. Leo Walsh tragically died at sea on 12th September 1944 when the Rakuyo Maru was hit by an American torpedo. Walsh was selected in ‘A’ Force Thailand and was at Tamarkan before sailing on Rakuyo Maru from, Singapore headed to Japan.

Daily and Sanderson were selected for ‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion however Daily went to Chungkai and Tamaung and Sanderson went to Kanu II and Kanu I.

Although Daily was involved with Changi Football, it is believed he did not play possibly due to problems with his eyesight.  The transfer fees were 3 portions of ice with vegetables!

Lou was very much involved in 2/4th Football team

In 1946 it was reported in a WA newspaper Lou was in hospital in Northam.  He had suffered a serious eye impairment whilst a POW.

After the war Lou Daily chose to live in Victoria where he farmed at Listerfield – another newspaper report mentioned he was a poultry famer at Ferntree Gully!  Still Lou preferred Victorian countryside.

Lou died in Heidleberg, Victoria on 29 August 1974 aged 63 years.

Daily Lou

Daily return P 2

The above was published in the Daily News, Western Australia 23rd October 1944.  The ship is Rashin Maru.

 

Daily & maters visit Kalgoorlie/Boulder February 1941
Daily & mates visit Kalgoorlie/Boulder February 1941

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Nihama, Hiroshima #2-B- Japan
  • Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan
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